A PASSION for performance will this weekend see Riverside music teacher Catherine Byers hand over inspiration to a new generation of musicians.
Ms Byers said her students Jorjah Sigtenhorst and Amy Johnson would make their debut at St Cecilia's Performance Challenge tomorrow — her first students to enter the competition.
"I performed in the challenge from about 1997 to 2009 in piano, vocal and woodwind sections," she said.
"For many of my students, this is their first time performing solo in front of an audience, and they are very eager to perform to the best of their ability."
Ms Byers said Jorjah will perform solo in two age bracketed vocal sections, delivering a song from the musical Annie and another popular 1960s title.
Amy will also compete in bracketed sections as a beginner, which could see her compete against older performers of the same musical grading.
Not only has Ms Byers been preparing her own students for the challenge, said she will also enter for the first time in five years.
"I am a little bit nervous about returning to competition level, but hopefully I can use this energy to perform well and show enthusiasm to my students," she said.
"The challenge is a really good way to get feedback on your progression as a musician and see how you compare to others."
Competitions begin today and run until Sunday, for more information go to www.st-cecilia.com.au/Competitions.